Performing & Visual Arts
Concert BandIs a non-audition group requiring previous band experience or a positive and willing attitude for learning. Concert Band meets the needs of beginning, medium, and upper-intermediate students. Students are required to complete assignments and participate in out-of-class performances.
Jazz BandJazz Band is an advanced ensemble designed as a year-long introduction to various jazz styles including swing, Latin and rock music. Students are offered a thorough study of each style through listening, performing and improvising. The Jazz Band is an audition-based ensemble that is meant to create a more diverse musical experience for Concert Band Students.
Concert & Symphonic ChoirConcert Choir students will learn basic singing skills and techniques. We combine a study of basic music theory and vocal tone production in preparation for performances at evening concerts at the end of each quarter. Symphonic Choir is audition only or students must have teacher approval to join. Advanced singing skills include the ability to match pitch, follow along and/or read music, and blend with others.
OrchestraOrchestra students will develop technical proficiency, enjoyment and musical understanding of string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass), and are introduced to string literature and the history of the string orchestra. Students are required to provide their own instruments in most cases. This class will perform in concerts and possible field trips that require time outside of class.
Students learn about movement and acting as they become more comfortable with speaking before a live audience. Improvisational games and scenes form much of the curriculum and leads to short performances. Other important aspects of theater, including the American Musical, technical theater, puppetry, Shakespeare, and design will be explored.
Art instruction is available at all grade levels and for all abilities.
Sixth-graders learn and apply the elements and principles of art through drawing, painting, mixed media and ceramic sculpture. This is expanded on in seventh-grade through students using media such as watercolor, oil pastels, chalk and block prints to creatively solve visual challenges.
Eighth-grade students take what they have learned in previous courses and work on projects linked to art history and developed through critical thinking and careful self-evaluation.